Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Not My Usual Style!

Hi!

I sat down the other day and played with some paper, stamps, vellum, flowers, ribbon and a doily die. Definitely not something I normally do. I'm one of those cardmakers who just loves to stamp an image and color it, but I wanted to try something outside of my comfort zone.

I remember seeing a gorgeous card in one of the Paper Crafts issues earlier this year. I tried really hard to find it and couldn't. I believe it was one from Kim Hughes and I really want to give her credit for inspiring me. I find that I mark many of the pages showing her cards each time I get a monthly issue. She has a beautiful style!

Anyway, here's the result of my creative 4 hours - yup - that's correct - FOUR! This card took me a long time to make, ( a long time for me) which is probably another reason it is not my go-to style.


The Old Letter Writing stamp from Hero Arts is white embossed on a piece of vellum and layered over the pretty paper. I used paper from three different, 6x6 paper pads: Dear Lizzy, Neapolitan from American Crafts, Paper Cottage from Basic Grey and The Sweetest Thing from My Mind's Eye. The die-cut doilies are from Die-Namics and the flowers and ribbons came from my stash.

I do love the way it turned out and will be sending it to a special friend. And since I embossed the Old Letter Writing on the vellum, I'll be entering this into the "Who's the Boss" challenge over at A Blog Named Hero.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

29 comments:

maria mcclure said...

It may not be your usual, but it's lovely. The colors are lovely and I love the use of the vellum. Nicely done!

Lin said...

Lovely soft colors, a pretty selection of papers and beautiful romantic elements - love it, Barb! I think you can do anything you want....

Sue said...

Hello Barb
4 hours!!!! In my creative day that is not long at all.
Did you enjoy the process Barb? Looking at this card I would venture a guess and say you did.
It has an ethereal quality, it is delicate and soft, your light to mid-tone palette creates a mellow mood; it is charming.
The eye travels all over the card and it likes what it sees.
A gorgeous card.
Smiles:)
Sue

Virginia L. said...

You can do all styles, Barb!! This is so beautiful! All the yummy goodness all in one!

Lynn said...

Gorgeous Barb...so feminine...and I love how you placed everything just perfectly!

Donna Bowman said...

Gorgeous card Barb!! Love how you used the doilies!!

Robin K. said...

May not be your usual style but it turned out beautifully Barb! Love the soft colors and combination of elements!

Karen B. said...

This is just deviously gorgeous! Beautiful colors, beautiful design.

Cindy C. said...

Nope not your usual style, but it's beautiful Barb!

Trinh said...

Stunning card, Barb! I think you could do any style you set your mind to!

Simone said...

This is so pretty Barb! I love the soft colours and the way you embossed on the vellum. An absolutely gorgeous card!

joy said...

Oh, Barb! This card is just so beautiful! I love everything about it. The colors are so soft and with the doilies and vellum it makes it so feminine, too. I just bought a MME paper pad with a lot of pinks in it - can't wait to make a card for my daughter's birthday with it. (Don't be surprised if it has a doily or two!!)

Annette said...

beautiful card...i love all the soft colors.. and the vellum you used...looks awesome

Disp6194 said...

4 hours? Sounds about right (and you've seen my cards lol) I'm so glad you ventured outside your comfort zone because this card turned out beautiful Barb!

Tina said...

Barb, your card is gorgeous. It is really something I am not used to see on your blog, but you did an excelent job.

maria f. said...

Done good! That doily at the top hints at the sun shining down and I get a misty morning in the garden feeling when I look at your card.

webdesignbizz said...

Neat idea!!Cute card too!PSD to WordPress

Elizabeth Allan said...

Barb you must have been in a zen state of sheer bliss when you were creating this card! Soft and exquisite!

Kara Lynne said...

Barb, this is so beautiful! I am so impressed by how you put those pps together in such a beautiful combination. The doilies and flowers add so much interest. Good for you for playing around with different elements and actually producing something out of it!

Jackie said...

I'm so glad it isn't just me that take 4 hours to make a card! This one turned out beautifully, though. I love the patterned papers together and the vellum over the top is so pretty.

MarcyK924 said...

There's nothing you can't do - you just may like one style more. But lately you seem to be layering more and I LOVE it! You are SO good at it, Barb! Your soft mix of colors on this card are perfect with all your embellies!

Linda said...

Might not be your usual style, but it is GORGEOUS (which to me, IS your usual style :))

Barb this is just divine

Thank you so much for joining us at A Blog Named Hero!

Linda

Lisa said...

This definitely has a beautiful softness about it that I love. The sheer vellum with the bg papers peeking through is so pretty!

Anita Rex said...

So pretty! Well worth the 4 hours Barb! I've had cards take that long and sometimes it leaves you with an odd feeling! :> And I admire that you used some many pad's!

Dawn said...

Just catching up Barb after my week away... a very beautiful card. Well worth the 4 hours it too to make

cheiron said...

4 hours or not this is GORGEOUS Barb! love what you have done with these soft colors. Thanks for playing along with the "Who's the Boss" challenge over at A Blog Named Hero this week!

Greta said...

Wow--this came out so pretty! Bet you'll go outside your comfort zone again with such a great result!

Maureen Morton said...

Isn't it funny how we struggle sometimes? But design is a process and sometimes it comes more slowly than others. This is a serious stretch for you, I see it - but a glorious result! Good for you for the self-challenge! Love the softness and layers.

Joy said...

Well I don't know about you but I think you achieved the style that you were looking for, this is really beautiful Barb..hugs